Veteran pacer from South Africa, Dale Steyn made his long-awaited Big Bash League debut for Melbourne Stars against Adelaide Strikers in Queensland. He replaced Golden Cap owner Haris Rauf and didn’t have the greatest of starts. In-form Jake Weatherald took him to cleaners in the first five balls of the over hitting 20 runs before holing to mid-on after mistiming a short.
Steyn, who has been marred with injuries in the recent past, is not going through the best of forms. He had an average outing in Mzansi Super League before landing in Australia to ply his trade in the Big Bash League. Dale Steyn finally got his debut cap for the Melbourne Stars but had a forgettable start against the Strikers. He was up against in-form Jake Weatherald, who made a merry of the over-pitched deliveries.
Dale Steyn taken to cleaners
Exploiting the powerplay rules, the southpaw cleared the mid-off region with ease before driving one past him to find the boundaries with ease. After failing to find the gaps in the first balls, Jake Weatherald struck two sixes and followed it up with two boundaries as Dale Steyn struggled badly to get his line and length right. But finally, the experienced campaigner had the last laugh as the batsman miscued another big hit to find Glenn Maxwell in the mid-on.
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Meanwhile, speaking about the game, Adelaide Strikers managed to hold their nerves to win the game by four runs. Batting first, an outstanding partnership from Alex Carey and Jonathan Wells helped Adelaide to post 174 runs on the board. Although Dale Steyn bounced back after an expensive over, others failed to contain the free flow of runs.
During the chase, Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb kept Melbourne Stars in the game before skipper Glenn Maxwell looked all set to guide his side to home. But Peter Siddle bowled some brilliant overs to return with three for 24 and help Adelaide defend the target.